Cowgirl Volleyball Comes Up Short At Golden Gate Classic

Sept. 1, 2001


WYOMING at Golden Gate Classic (San Francisco, Calif.)
Furman def. WYOMING 3-1 - Box Score

Despite a good offensiveeffort, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (0-2 overall) suffered afour game loss (30-32, 29-31, 30-22, 28-30) to the Furman Paladins, inthe consolation of the game, at the Golden Gate Classic in SanFrancisco.

Furman's Abby Simon led the way for Furman with 19 kills and eightdigs, and also hit .236 on the night.

Cowgirl sophomore Michele Rauter tallied 19 kills, ten digs and hit.289 to lead the way for Wyoming, while senior Rachel Lau followed up aprevious 12 kill match with 17 kills and five block assists. Despite outhitting the Paladins .201 to .149 and doubling them in blocks ten tofive, the Cowgirls couldn't overcome some mistakes.

"This is a case of not setting priorities and preparing ourselves for amatch," stated head coach Susan Steadman. "We had the talent to win thismatch, but we still are inconsistent and haven't developed a chemistrybetween each other to what the other individuals are going to do. Ourpassing was very sporadic, and we certainly didn't come out with theintensity we had last night and that was a big key for the whole match."

"I thought Vanessa Latimer came in and played well defensively, andreally had a passing rhythm going. Offensively, Michele Rauter andRachel Lau had some good swings at the ball. Unfortunatley, our blockingwas passive and defensive followed behind it, and we didn't put togethera very good match."

Wyoming will host the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic next weekend, welcomingWake Forest, Idaho State, UT-Arlington, and Oklahoma. The action willstart on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., and the Cowgirls opening upagainst the Mavericks of UT-Arlington at noon.